Joseph Smith’s United Order and Brigham Young’s United Order

KENT W. HUFF. Joseph Smith’s United Order: A Non-Communalistic Interpretation. Springville, Utah: By the author, distributed by Cedar Fort, 1988.

KENT W. HUFF. Brigham Young’s United Order: A Contextual Interpretation. Provo, Utah: By the author, distributed by Theological Thinktank (available by special order through Deseret Book), 1994.

These two volumes contain wide-ranging perspectives on the economic history of Mormonism. Both are authored by Kent W. Huff, an attorney and computer consultant who has worked for several agencies of the United States government and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Finance.

Mormonism’s nineteenth-century leaders as well as those of recent decades have clearly understood the essential contrasts between state-run communism and gospel teachings about temporal matters. The Brethren have always been in general harmony with the big picture of the united order—its values and its purposes and methods for creating jobs, lifting the group, avoiding materialism, benefiting the poor, and dignifying one’s labors. To discard such a comprehensive system in favor of a narrow form of individual capitalism and imply it to be God’s complete will ignores themes from that stretch from Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson back to the Zion of Enoch.

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